2017 Game Five World Series (Madness)
The final margin was one run with Clayton Kershaw and the Astros Dallas Keuchel you probably would have thought it was close taught game. Neither pitcher made it past four innings. In the highest scoring game since game three of the 1997 World Series, the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers put up a 13-12 softball score.
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The Astros win put them up 3-2 with two in Los Angeles. The Dodgers lost game seven at home and pushed their World Series title drought to 30 years. But it never should have come down to a game seven.
The Dodgers should have had their second consecutive ninth inning comeback to win the game. Except unlike game four, all the Dodgers comeback efforts did was tie game. The reason the Dodgers just tied the Astros in the ninth was because of Astros catcher Brian McCann.
Sporting an 0-3 batting line and facing left handed specialist Tony Cingrani, the Astros lead 11-9 in the bottom of the eight. With one out on a 1-0 count, Cingrani tried to sneak a fastball past McCann.
McCann crushed the ball sending it out for his only home run of the playoffs. With the margin now 12-9 it looked too late for a Dodgers comeback. Except in the ninth inning thats exactly what happened.
Yasiel Puig hit a two run home run and Chris Taylor drove in the tying run on a single. 12-12 after nine innings, surely the Dodgers would complete the magical comeback. You don’t create a 30 World Series drought by pulling out magical moments.
No, the Dodgers never completed the comeback, possibly due to fatigue Kenley Jansen could only handle the ninth inning, after getting two quick outs in the 10th Jansen hit McCann, walked George Springer, and then gave up a single to Alex Bregman to end the game.
If McCann doesn’t homer the Dodgers comeback in the ninth would have stolen them a win and won them a World Series when the took game six 3-1. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Like the previous 29 years, there was a moment before the moment that kept the Dodgers from winning a World Series.